Saturday, December 19, 2009
What a first year!
I really have to thank all the really great customers that I have had this year. I never would have thought my "little" idea to open a modern jewelry shop would have been so well received by so many great people from all over the world.
Wishing you the best for the holidays....and a rockin' start to the New Year too!
lime green modern
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Anyone who know me knows that I keep things pretty basic for my wardrobe...black, black, and more black...with a dash of dark denim. An occasional charcoal item if I'm feeling lively.
What got me to this point...sort of a mix of laziness, aversion to pattern, and well, black takes out the guesswork if its clean. The rule is black is always clean and matches everything.
So lately I have been stepping it up a bit and adding a lot more color to my earrings...thought I would share a few with you. Maybe it's the holiday spirit and a tree loaded with brightly colored ornaments that sparked this, but we'll see.
For now, all the color I wear is dangling from my ears. Maybe I'll turn over a new leaf in 2010 and wear something red...oh my.
Friday, November 20, 2009
My bow is having its 15 minutes of fame on the front page of 1000 Markets today.
simple. clean. modern.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Recently went on a little family outing to this old-school amusement park just outside of Denver...really feels like you are out at some random State Fair, minus the colorful carnival folks that usually run these things. That day we just got a bunch of disinterested teenagers making sure we were seat belt compliant and wouldn't spit off the ferris wheel.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
The fun thing about lime green modern is when something unexpected happens, like being asked to do a solo exhibit of my jewelry for the blog Etsystalker.
Too fun I think...but those poor girls don't realize how wordy I can be when asked for an interview...lol.
They were great sports and Violet put together a really cool write-up that I am super honored to be a part of.
Violet and Beatrice, the curators of Etsystalker, have an amazing website, with tons of great photos and articles all about Etsy artisans.
One of the best parts...lots of giveaways!! Definitely bookmark this lovely blog for really great chances to win some really cool things.
And this week one of those things are my up-square-overs...just comment to have a chance to win.
Enjoy! www.etsystalker.com Just look to the right and you'll see my earrings.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
What a great day....Studio 618 and HJM Art Gallery have both granted me the "One Lovely Blog" award this weekend and many thanks to you all!
Studio 618 is a practicing licensed architect as well as a fabulous jewelry artisan/metalsmith from California. Check out Studio 618 on Etsy http://studio618.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6055023 and Studio 618 blog http://studio618.blogspot.com/
HJM Art Gallery is an amazing professional artist who brings a fresh and unique voice to abstract art. Take a moment to enjoy her gorgeous Etsy shop here http://hjmart.etsy.com/ and a great blog http://hjmart.blogspot.com/
Now I am passing this blog award on. This is what you need to know: Accept the award, post it on your blog along with the person that granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award on to 15 other blogs that you've discovered and remember to let the bloggers know that you have given them the award.
Here are my nominees:
My Daily Domestic Diary http://dailydomesticdiary.blogspot.com/
Paper Cakes Finds http://papercakesfinds.blogspot.com/
Shrimp Salad Circus http://shrimpsaladcircus.blogspot.com/
The Daily Sip http://thedailysip.blogspot.com/
The Pink Samurai http://thepinksamurai.blogspot.com/
the rikrak studio http://rikrakstudio.blogspot.com/
trendy cards http://trendycardsblog.blogspot.com/
sweeter than me http://kristinfriesen.blogspot.com/
Indigo Rain-a bit of whimsy http://goindigorain.blogspot.com/
Hands Full, Heart Full, Quiver Full http://www.kellerfamilyof9.com/
Good Dirt Jewelry http://gooddirtjewelry.blogspot.com/
**Pardon all my long visible links...not techie enough to figure out how to hypertext each name** Baby steps!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
My very first pair of earrings after the introductory studs were tiny gold hoops.
I still remember picking them out...and I still amazingly have them. They are probably 3/8 across, a slight etch design to them, pretty conservative by most earring standards.
Oh, but when I put them on for the first time...I remember feeling like I had the biggest rock star earrings on....so hip, so fashionable...which can be a good self-esteem builder for the average 6th grade girl.
So after getting several requests for circle and rectangle hoops...here they are. I have taken to wearing them as my every day earring. So let a little bit of your inner rock star out, squelching out that insecure 6th grade girl...it will feel great.
My modern hoop section: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6780082§ion_id=6145049
Friday, May 29, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Sorry I'm ignoring you, but you have you have to understand that you are competing with Twitter.
You take time, energy, and great thought, and sometimes I just feel like doing the quick, easy, random observations of life. Instant gratification, if you will.
We don't have to be ex-BFFs or anything. I'll try to be better in the future.
Your friend always,
lime green modern
P.S. If you want to see more of me, follow me here: http://twitter.com/limegreenmodern
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Oh, how good it feels to be "live"!
When I opened my shop on 1000 Markets, I thought it would be great to join a Colorado market but there wasn't one. So what started out as a little forum inquiry about starting a local CO market turned into an amazing market encompassing the beautiful states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming.
Our products are the kind you might discover at a great farmers market, craft fair, or at a quaint little ski-town boutique. Our work represents a wide variety of art and craftsmanship-from pottery to photography, jewelry to papercraft, and everything in between.
Take a trip through the Rocky Mountains here:
I am super excited to manage this market and to have lime green modern be a part of 1000 Markets. Enjoy!
Monday, April 20, 2009
You know I hate to call people out on their bad behavior, but I have had enough of you.
Why is it that every time I see my front page it looks different? Each time you have put pictures in a different spot, realigned my text to crazy places, and made me look like I can't type a paragraph correctly. You truly make editing an exercise in frustration.
While I will be the first to admit that I do not have the world's greatest grammar skills and can occasionally legitimately screw up , I do not like how much harder you are making my blogging life.
Is it too much to ask that the final published result look like the preview?
I would appreciate if we could work a little more together on this whole blogging effort. You can't make me quit....I will win.
Tracy AKA lime green modern
Thursday, April 16, 2009
- I love finding things that are vintage, yet still super modern.
I have a strange draw to the lines of a skull.
The eclectic mix of this shop and the unexpected mod feel of many of the pieces is such a fun experience. A really cool thing is that the shop is a family thing. Different members of the family all contribute...vintage enamel rings with total pops of color, cards made from original paintings, earrings from the 4-year-old son, and, of course, the great skulls in all these interesting ways. You never know what is going to pop up when you peruse this shop.
Combine those with an amazing painting talent and you have the ingredients for the shop grigio design.
So check them out here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6271391
I have a love for the modern aesthetic.
I would love to live in a super modern pre-fab house on the top of a bluff overlooking the ocean. Unfortunately, that is a just a dream right now. So what am I suppose to do other than absorb every page of Dwell and Atomic Ranch and drool over the Room and Board and DWR catalog?
Introduce this cool little Etsy shop: A Mae Terrarium Garden Designs
Think Herman Miller meets Dwell in a miniature garden version. I just love all these fabulous tiny gardens...makes me feel serene just looking at them.
Take a look at this great little shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5525807
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Convo: 1. That is Etsy talk for "you have an Etsy email".
I click....wow...someone is inquiring about my wholesale policies because they are interested in buying some earrings for their shop. Amazing, I think.
So my online adventures with my Etsy shop and 1000 Markets shop has been incredibly fun. It really has gone beyond just posting some earrings on the web and praying someone likes them. Lots of marketing, followup, and, of course, earring making going on.I have found and newly appreciate a whole world out there of small artisans, doing what they love, and creating pieces to sell that really come from someone's artistic talent and love for their craft. So instead of going to the mall for the same old thing, I encourage you to check out Etsy and 1000 Markets the next time you need a gift or something for yourself. Anything you can think of (and many things you could never dream up) are available there.
And if you happen to live in rural NY, check out RELM. Great store, super great owner. This is where my earrings are going: http://www.relmhandmade.com/Home.html
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Here are my Top 10 Amazing Things about my trip:
10) Sitting on a plane by myself in total silence for the entire flight...heaven!
9) Actually getting to read an entire book on the plane without interruption...appropriately it was The Power of Now (reading it again)....mantra of the weekend...Be Present!
8) Going to an amazing authentic Armenian restaurant, without having to worry if they have a kid's menu with mac 'n chz.
7) Ordering an appetizer and dessert at The Grand Luxe because I just didn't feel like an entree....nobody there to set a good example for!
6) Having a personal driver at a moment's notice (aka a taxi) without car seats, snacks, or soccer gear rolling all over.
5) No laundry, no dishes, no grocery shopping, no helping with the potty, no soccer practice schedule....this list could make up its own top 100 if I really thought about it.
4) Shopping, shopping, shopping both on Michigan Avenue and little out-of-the-way boutiques.
3) Seeing and experiencing Oprah...such a charismatic person!
2) Spending the weekend with three fabulous friends I have known for 20 years, and feeling like not a day has gone by since last seeing them!
And the #1 greatest thing about my trip was.......drum roll please.....
1) Coming home to kiss my sleeping kids goodnight feeling renewed, inspired, and rested...ready to be a mom, wife, friend, and artist again.
My post is dedicated to Michelle, my great friend who got the Oprah tickets for us!! Thanks Michelle....I had such a incredible time!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Just letting you know that I am officially on vacation and my shops on Etsy and 1000 Markets will both be closed until the evening of March 22, hence the big white space on the right side of the page.
See you on Sunday to recap my Oprah/Chicago adventure!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Starting a creative adventure is very exciting...I could talk all day about sterling wire, cool new pliers, my great desire for a kiln....the list goes on and on.
Even with all this excitement, it is a bit intimidating to put your creative side out there for the world to see, for everyone to critique. When someone critiques my work, it's like critiquing a very personal part of me.
I try to balance the excitement and fear and just put myself out there. You know, you reach a point where you just have to give it a try. But maybe I can be a little obsessive about how my shop looks.....
Just the other day, even my daughter asked if she could look at pictures of herself, and not earrings, on the computer.
OK...so maybe I have had lime green modern on the brain lately.
But the other day all my obsessing resulted in some really exciting and validating news for my Etsy shop...
One of my designs, called up-round-over (in the blog pic), was handpicked by the admins at Etsy, a handmade shop site, to be on the front page!
It was super exciting to see my earrings right there for the world to see enjoying their 15 minutes of fame and get sold.
So thank you to all those friends and family who find themselves conversing with me about the ins and outs of the design and making of earrings, bead colors, and brand labeling ideas, though they would rather watch paint dry.
Just for the record, I did upload new pics of my DS and DD onto my facebook page, so she could see her beautiful face on the screen, and not my earrings.
But I did sneak in making another pair of up-round-overs to relist...couldn't help myself.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
I am not one to normally live on the edge, so I feel like maybe the sleep deprivation can fuel some creative insanity without getting too out of control. After all, its better than some serious loco disease-driven creative insanity..isn't that what most art historians like to say, explaining the whole cut-off-the-ear theory as organic in cause.
Until the next night, when you do it all over again.